Ariel Sigler Amaya arrives in Miami

It was an emotional and inspirational moment at Miami International Airport this afternoon when Cuban dissident, patriot, and hero Ariel Sigler Amaya was wheeled into a special area prepared for his arrival at Terminal J.

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George and I arrived at Terminal J about an hour before Sigler Amaya made his entrance with his family and friends by his side. On the way into the airport the news vans were already set up with their satellite dishes extended and the news helicopters hovered above. It seemed like every television station and radio station in Miami was set up inside the small terminal to record his arrival, as well as international news crews. I had expected that a good number of people were going to show up to welcome him to the land of freedom, but what started as a small group when we first arrived swelled into a crowd well over a hundred people by the time Ariel Sigler Amaya appeared.

I thought that the multitude of pictures that we have all seen showing the utter brutality inflicted on this man by the Cuban dictatorship would have prepared me, but seeing his emaciated and beaten body in person affected me in ways I could never put into words. He literally looked like he had just come out of a Nazi concentration camp and when he showed his legs to the crowd and cameras, everyone let out a gasp to see up close the diabolical work of the Castro regime.

However, with all the physical damage the tyranny in Havana managed to inflict on this man during his seven years in prison, they were not able to lay one finger on his spirit. Within his frail and ravaged body lies the spirit of a warrior.  The first thing he did when he addressed the crowd was to raise up both his skeletal arms and let out a powerful and awe inspiring “Abajo la dictadura de los Castro!” “Down with the Castro dictatorship!”

His voice boomed across the terminal and the crowd responded in kind. It was such an incredible thing to see such a powerful and strong spirit trapped inside a body that has been abused and beaten countless times by Castro’s thugs. Each beating took its toll on Ariel Sigler Amaya’s body, and they were so relentless that the once healthy and strong boxer is now a paraplegic. But none of those beatings could touch his spirit and his will to continue fighting for freedom in Cuba.

Sigler Amaya went on to tell the story of how he and his family were beaten by state security when they publicly protested the regime’s refusal to grant him an exit permit to come here to Miami to receive much needed medical attention. He described how they beat him while he was trapped in his wheelchair, how they pushed and punched his wife and family members, and how they threw him into a van too small for his wheelchair and he was driven off with his head sticking out of its door. He spoke of his brother Guido, who is still rotting in a prison in Cuba. In all, he spoke for about 15 minutes and not once did his voice waiver or the intensity in his eyes become any less powerful. But at the end, when he was wheeled to an awaiting ambulance, he fainted. Alas, Ariel Sigler Amaya’s devastated body can no longer keep up with his still undaunted spirit.

After it was all over, Juan Amador and I were discussing what an incredible display of courage and spirit we had just witnessed and he mentioned that it was people like Ariel Sigler Amaya that the regime cannot tolerate. It is people like him whose spirit and will to fight cannot be touched by their violent attacks that receive the most vicious beatings, the most horrific tortures, and eventually are murdered. The regime cannot afford to have Ariel Sigler Amayas on the island because they are not afraid and are not deterred by the regime’s violent repression.

I managed to video the entire press conference and as soon as I am able to upload the video later tonight, I will post it on Babalú. Everyone needs to see a real Cuban patriot and warrior.

13 thoughts on “Ariel Sigler Amaya arrives in Miami”

  1. A few thoughts:

    1. His story is so damning for the Castro regime that it makes you wonder why they would even release him? They either are blinded by their own hubris or think that the Left-wing press is so in their pocket that they will ignore his story.

    2. I don’t believe a men like Sigler would have been released 20 years ago. So does this mean that the dictatorship is getting weaker or more vulnerable?

    3. Who from the MSM will even pay attention. Why isn’t he on Fox News all this week? You would think Glenn Beck or Hannity would have him on their show?

  2. Considering that the MSM spends endless hours on Hollywood degenerates and their problem of the week, you’d think this would be the leading story. But it won’t be, as it doesn’t fit the current anti-embargo narrative. Hard to convince people with any morals or soul which I believe most Americans still possess, that we should be doing more business with a dictator capable of this atrocity. Considering that the MSM spends endless hours on Hollywood degenerates and their problem of the week, you’d think this would be the leading story. But it won’t be, as it doesn’t fit the current anti-embargo narrative. Hard to convince people with any morals or soul which I believe most Americans still possess, that we should be doing more business with a dictator capable of this atrocity.

  3. Castro, Inc. probably figures that yet another “intransigent” in Miami can and will be ignored by all but the local Miami media, and that he’ll fade into the woodwork of Miami “hardliners” soon enough. They couldn’t risk having him go down the tubes health-wise in Cuba, especially if it was known that they had denied him an exit permit to go to the US for health reasons. Moratinos, of course, would not have wanted him in Spain to spoil his pitch to the EU. Sending him to Miami was the safest option. Anyone in Miami can always be written off as “extremist” and effectively marginalized by the media, both national and international. Castro, Inc. knows how the MSM works and how to work it..

  4. asombra,
    I can’t believe the look of this brave man before and after will have no effect. How about asking a Cuban member of congress to do some publicity on the floor with pictures?

  5. Honey, except CSpan watchers, house speeches usually t very little media coverage. What we need is for Beck, Limbaugh, or Hannity to pick up the story or their millions of listeners.

  6. I have tried to write them in the past and gotten ignored online.
    Do you have anyone who is a Rush 24/7 member or who has access to one of them?

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